Integrates art, music and movement
into a classical academic education

Provides active and creative learning

Where education is considered a journey - not a race

Fosters healthy social development

Reinforces a child's connection with nature

Board of Directors

Positionsort descending Bio

Tomas Winn
Board member

Tomas supported the development of Desert Star School’s charter application and has served on the Board since the founding of the school in 2006   He has held the Board Officer positions of Vice President and, most recently, President. Tomas is a certified therapist and counselor, specializing in music therapy.   He has prior experience as a builder and remodeling contractor and business owner.  Tomas holds degrees in therapy and counseling from Willamette University and Portland State University.


Pam Bruehl
Board Member- Faculty Representative

Pam has worked in Waldorf education for more than 20 years, teaching at schools in Massachusetts, Oregon and Arizona.  She is in her 4th year with Desert Star School, presently teaching First Grade.  Pam is a graduate of Prescott College and holds Waldorf and other teaching certifications.

 


Yvan Rochon
President

Yvan is founder and President of Herbal Vitality Inc., a Sedona based business devoted to the production and wholesale distribution of herbal medicinal products nation-wide.   He holds a PhD in Medicine from McGill University and has done extensive research and publishing in the medical field.  Yvan is the parent of a Desert Star School graduate and has served on the Board since the opening of the school in 2006 as Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer.  He is the current Charter holder for the School.

Jennifer Young
Jennifer Young
Secretary

 Jennifer Young is a resident of Sedona since 2005 and worked as Desert Star's Business Manager from September 2008 to October 2010.  She is retired from a 26 year career in Corporate management in the international airline industry and currently contributes Business and leadership experience to the work of non-profit organizations in the VerdeValley, at both volunteer and governing board levels.  Jennifer has extensive work background in operational management, strategy and planning, financial and business analysis, budgets, contract negotiation and project management, as well as experience in government affairs and human resource fields and service on corporate boards.  She has an in-depth knowledge of the business operations of DesertStarCommunitySchool and working relationships with the School's financial and business partners.  Jennifer's goals for service on the Desert Star Board during the next two years include development of a comprehensive five year strategic plan, enhancement of Board governance processes and communication, and support of projects related to School business and administrative needs.Jennifer Young is a resident of Sedona since 2005 and worked as Desert Star's Business Manager from September 2008 to October 2010.  She is retired from a 26 year career in Corporate management in the international airline industry and currently contributes Business and leadership experience to the work of non-profit organizations in the VerdeValley, at both volunteer and governing board levels.  Jennifer has extensive work background in operational management, strategy and planning, financial and business analysis, budgets, contract negotiation and project management, as well as experience in government affairs and human resource fields and service on corporate boards.  She has an in-depth knowledge of the business operations of DesertStarCommunitySchool and working relationships with the School's financial and business partners.  Jennifer's goals for service on the Desert Star Board during the next two years include development of a comprehensive five year strategic plan, enhancement of Board governance processes and communication, and support of projects related to School business and administrative needs.Jennifer Young is a resident of Sedona since 2005 and worked as Desert Star's Business Manager from September 2008 to October 2010.  She is retired from a 26 year career in Corporate management in the international airline industry and currently contributes Business and leadership experience to the work of non-profit organizations in the VerdeValley, at both volunteer and governing board levels.  Jennifer has extensive work background in operational management, strategy and planning, financial and business analysis, budgets, contract negotiation and project management, as well as experience in government affairs and human resource fields and service on corporate boards.  She has an in-depth knowledge of the business operations of DesertStarCommunitySchool and working relationships with the School's financial and business partners.  Jennifer's goals for service on the Desert Star Board during the next two years include development of a comprehensive five year strategic plan, enhancement of Board governance processes and communication, and support of projects related to School business and administrative needs.   Jennifer Young is a resident of Sedona since 2005 and worked as Desert Star's Business Manager from September 2008 to October 2010.  She is retired from a 26 year career in Corporate management in the international airline industry and currently contributes Business and leadership experience to the work of non-profit organizations in the VerdeValley, at both volunteer and governing board levels.  Jennifer has extensive work background in operational management, strategy and planning, financial and business analysis, budgets, contract negotiation and project management, as well as experience in government affairs and human resource fields and service on corporate boards.  She has an in-depth knowledge of the business operations of DesertStarCommunitySchool and working relationships with the School's financial and business partners.  Jennifer's goals for service on the Desert Star Board during the next two years include development of a comprehensive five year strategic plan, enhancement of Board governance processes and communication, and support of projects related to School business and administrative needs.   Jennifer Young is a resident of Sedona since 2005 and worked as Desert Star's Business Manager from September 2008 to October 2010.  She is retired from a 26 year career in Corporate management in the international airline industry and currently contributes Business and leadership experience to the work of non-profit organizations in the VerdeValley, at both volunteer and governing board levels.  Jennifer has extensive work background in operational management, strategy and planning, financial and business analysis, budgets, contract negotiation and project management, as well as experience in government affairs and human resource fields and service on corporate boards.  She has an in-depth knowledge of the business operations of DesertStarCommunitySchool and working relationships with the School's financial and business partners.  Jennifer's goals for service on the Desert Star Board during the next two years include development of a comprehensive five year strategic plan, enhancement of Board governance processes and communication, and support of projects related to School business and administrative needs.   Jennifer is a former Business Manager of Desert Star School and joined the Board in October 2011.  She is retired from a 25 year corporate management career, with background in operational and project management, financial and business analysis, strategy and planning.   She currently serves on several non-profit organization boards.  Jennifer holds graduate degrees from Syracuse University and Columbia University School of Business.


Craig Imler
Vice President